Last Friday evening, a new production of The Sound of Music, the beloved musical written in 1959 by Rodgers and Hammerstein, came to life at The Glimmerglass Festival, signaling the start of the 2022 season, its 47th — an astonishing accomplishment.
The Glimmerglass Festival, changing its name over the years, began with three performances of La Bohème, courageously staged after three years of planning in the sparsely designed, non-air-conditioned, orchestra-pit-less 400-seat auditorium of the Cooperstown High School. The cast consisted, first, of professional singers and orchestra, but the two large choruses were made up of local volunteers, including a lot of children and teachers and, in fact, five Bassett doctors. The backstage crew — make-up, dressers, props — was all volunteers and the dressing rooms, separated by hanging sheets, were in the over-heated boiler room.
Never mind that we’re in the middle of some typically bone-chilling January weather – summer is coming and with it, the 2022 Glimmerglass Festival. Tickets for the summer favorite go on sale Monday, January 24!
On the schedule:
- The Sound of Music (July 8 – August 19)
- Carmen (July 16 – August 21)
- Tenor Overboard (July 19 – August 18)
- Double Bill (July 29 – August 20)
Patrons planning to see more than one performance may purchase tickets need not wait until Monday – packages for two or more shows are available immediately. Those buying tickets for more than one show receive the greatest discount available, may purchase additional tickets at a 10 percent discount with no additional processing fees, and receive free exchanges.
COOPERSTOWN – “The Sound of Music” and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will lead the 2020 season of the Glimmerglass Festival, the opera company announced today.
The festival, which starts July 11, 2020, will also include Wagner’s Die Feen (The Fairies) and Handel’s Rinaldo. Selections for the season serve as a survey for the development of these famed creators, with the slate featuring formative operas from Wagner and Handel, as well as masterworks from Mozart and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR. 10
GUEST CONDUCTOR – 7:30 p.m. 3 candidates compete for YOUR vote at the Annual Cabaret Concert featuring the Mambo Kings. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2670 or visit catskillsymphony.net/how-to-help/volunteer.html
CRAYON CARNIVAL – 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Enjoy food, games, prizes gift basket raffle, the “Cake Walk” the Junior Cupcake Boss Competition, displays from Oneonta World of Learning, more to support the PTA. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org